articles tagged "Cynthia Lin"

United For a Fair Economy

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday September 25th, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Brian Miller, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy, about the impact of inheritance and privilege when analyzing an individuals economic mobility. United for a Fair Economy released a report recently entitled “Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400 Really Says About Wealth & Opportunity in America” : “Forbes Magazine calls their list of the 400 richest Americans the ‘definitive scorecard of wealth in America,’ but a new report asserts the magazine is misleading. Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400 Really Says About Wealth & Opportunity in America, released this week by Boston-based non-profit United for a Fair Economy, examines the sources of wealth for members of the Forbes 400 and uncovers the role of inheritance and privilege in economic mobility. The report urges Forbes to stop glamorizing the ‘self-made man’ while minimizing the other factors in wealth accumulation, including tax policies, birthright, gender, and race. The report finds that 40 percent of the Forbes 400 list inherited a sizable asset from a family member or spouse, and over 20 percent inherited sufficient wealth to make the list. In addition, 17 percent of the Forbes 400 have family members on the list… Born On Third Base takes Forbes to task for their misuse of the loaded term “self-made” and the undervaluing of privilege and social capital in financial success. ‘We disagree with Forbes claim that 70 percent of the list made their fortunes entirely from scratch,’ said Brian Miller, executive director of United for a Fair Economy and co-author of the book The Self-Made Myth. ‘The ‘self-made’ and ‘I built this’ narratives wrongly present the opportunity to become rich as equally attainable by all people in today’s highly stratified society. Forbes’ story also ignores the important contributions of others and the role of government in the success of the wealthiest Americans.’ United for a Fair Economy is a national, independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to raise public awareness of the destructive effects of concentrated wealth and power and supporting the movement for greater economic equality.” To read more about United for a Fair Economy: http://www.faireconomy.org/ To listen to the entire interview: more »

Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike Follow-Up

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday September 18th, host Cynthia Lin interviewed Associate Professor Todd Price regarding the recent Chicago Teachers’ Union strike. Huffington Post wrote on Tuesday, “Chicago Teachers Union delegates will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to end a strike that has closed the nation’s third-largest school district for more than a week and prompted Mayor Rahm Emanuel to seek a court order to stop it. Some 800 union delegates representing the 29,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago Public Schools met on Sunday but continued the strike for two days so they could review details of a proposed new contract negotiated with Emanuel. The meeting on Tuesday will be the second attempt by the union membership to try to get approval from delegates for the compromise deal, which must be approved by a simple majority to suspend the strike.” Cynthia talked with Dr. Todd Price about the new teacher evaluation system and the impact this may have on teachers and the education system in Chicago. To read more about the strikes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/chicago-teachers-meet-tue_n_1892708.html To listen to the entire interview: more »

Do Conventions Matter?

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday September 4th, Cynthia Lin talked with Professor Mildred Elizabeth Sanders about the recent Republican and Democratic Conventions. Sanders addressed the issue of whether such conventions are still relevant. “Sanders is professor of government at Cornell University and author of “Roots of Reform” and a the forthcoming ‘Presidents, War, and Reform.’ Beginning Wednesday, she scheduled to be at the American Political Science Association Convention in New Orleans. Sanders recently wrote the piece ‘What We Should be Talking About: Romney’s Foreign Policy Advisers.’ She said recently: ‘The conventions seem even less important this year, since we have an incumbent Democratic ticket, and two pretty well-known Republicans — plus an era of stable, highly-polarized partisanship that leaves little to learn about the two sets of candidates and their platforms.’” -Institute for Public Accuracy To read articles by Sanders: http://www.accuracy.org/what-we-should-be-talking-about-romneys-foreign-policy-advisers/ To listen to the entire interview: more »

Akin’s Rape Comment and the Greated Republican Platform

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday August 28th, Cynthia Lin talked with the president and editor-in-chief for RH Reality Check Jodi Jacobson about the Republican Platform on women’s reproductive rights. RH Reality Check is an online publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health. Cynthia also spoke briefly with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz in Tampa about the discussion at the RNC regarding abortion, especially in the cases or rape and incest. Jodi Jacobson recently wrote the piece “As Romney and Ryan Dissemble, RNC Prepares Radical Anti-Choice Platform Based on Personhood.” In this piece she asserts, “As of today, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan may find themselves in a wee bit of a bind. For the past two days, the pair have been running around trying to assure the press and ultimately women voters that they really do believe in ‘real rape,’ not just ‘legitimate rape,’ that they are not as misogynistic as Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, and that, of course, a Romney-Ryan administration would never eliminate rape and incest exceptions for abortion. And, now it appears that, all the while, the people really in charge of the GOP — fundamentalist anti-choicers among them — have been writing a party platform that not only makes all of that a lie, but is in effect a promise to make the personhood of fertilized eggs the law of the land.” Cynthia, Molly and Jodi attempted to navigate through the difficult issues of abortion and the reproductive rights of American women. To read more about RH Reality Check: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/about-us To listen to the entire interview:   more »

Information About Election Day and Take Back the Land-Madison

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday August 14, Cynthia Lin discussed important voter information with Gail Bliss from the League of Women Voters. Today is election day and voters across the state will head to the polls to decide candidates in races for the state Assembly, Congress and the state Senate. On the second half of the show, Cynthia talked with Alix Shabazz and Nathaniel Abrams from Take Back the Land- Madison . The organization started as a group of homeless individuals who had fallen through the cracks of the shelter system and formed a community who decided to fight for the ideal that housing is a human right for everyone. The principles and objectives of the group are as follows: “The Take Back the Land Movement is rooted in the following principles: Housing is a human right; Local community control over land and housing; Leadership by impacted communities, particularly low income women of color; Positive Action (direct action) oriented campaigns. The overarching objective of the Take Back the Land Movement correlate significantly with our principles:       Fundamentally transform land relationships; Elevate housing to the level of a human right; Community control over land and housing; Empower impacted communities, particularly low income communities of color.” Read more about the League of Women Voters: http://www.lwvwi.org/ Read more about Take Back the Land- Madison: http://tblmadison.wordpress.com/ Listen to the entire program: more »

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